Dar el Mudal
What We Love
- An elegant riad filled with art and charm, with the bustling Medina at its doorstep Good old-fashioned hospitality from owner, Gloria, and her artist husband Norman
- Beautifully outfitted rooms filled with collectibles and antiques
- In-the-know advice on where to eat, shop and explore
What To Know
- The 5-bedroom house hotel is run by host and owner Gloria and is decorated with paintings by her late-husband
- Guestrooms have AC and free WiFi; all hold a max of two guests
- Looking to relax? Hit the roof terrace
Hidden away among the cluttered backstreets of Marrakech, the high, whitewashed walls of the riads conceal an opulent courtyard where the sounds of the city drop away. Dar el Mudal is an intimate guest house with just four bedrooms, lovingly created and run by owner Gloria and her British-Indian artist husband, whose inimitable style is splashed across the walls. Family art adorns the rooms, outfitted in sumptuous furniture and antiques. The pièce de résistance is the central courtyard, where soaring walls notched with intricate filigree meet arched doorways and wide balconies from which to take in the views.
This is a welcome respite from the cacophony of sound that accompanies Marrakech’s day-to-day life. In a quiet residential area in the south of the old city, Dar el Mudal is ideally placed for exploring – it’s just 10 minutes from Djemaa el-Fnaa and its heaving markets. Set out on foot, and you’ll find yourself winding through the city’s switchback streets, past donkeys pulling carts laden with leather bags, stallholders hawking towering piles of spices and street-food stalls steaming with tantalizing flavors.
Nearby, you’ll find plenty of history, culture and traditional life to discover. The Medina is the city’s beating heart, where palaces sit alongside bakeries and humble market stalls. Explore the rich concentration of impressive buildings around the guesthouse, such as the 16th-century Badi Palace and the Bahia Palace, built in the 19th century and intended to be the best in the world. Gloria’s knowledge of Marrakech will help you on your quest to uncover the most authentic restaurants, bars and shopping that the city has to offer.
How to Get There
Owner of this raid is a warm lady. The workers in the place is helpful and considerate. We feels very comfortable and relaxed when staying there. The decorations of interior is superb. It is highly recommended for all travellers.
We stayed at Gloria's with another couple a few weeks ago. When we first entered Gloria's home and met Gloria, I knew there's just something about Gloria, she is so beautiful, elegant just has an amazing vibe all around! Her house is beautiful and u can tell how in love her and her husband were... I wish i had more than to sit down with her and hear about her stories. Every corner was covered by a painting of her from her husband. It was just amazing!!!!!! And her staff were so helpful and extremely friendly, we especially loved Abdullah. We always looked forward to wake up and see his smiling face. We did feel bad a few nights when we came home late he was waiting for us to come back and opened the door for us. Thank you so much!!!! Gloria, I hope we will come back and see you soon and i promise you that i will make some chinese food for you:)
We're so glad we stayed here. Firstly, the location is excellent and ideal for a taste of everything you would expect from Marrakech. It's safe, the people are welcoming and you are in the middle of the old city. The property itself is beautiful. Gloria, the owner, is one of life's old school characters with a real life story to tell and a personality that sadly you just don't find in the world anymore these days.
Her staff are excellent. Friendly, kind, thoughtful and a credit to her home and their country. As a visitor you feel genuinely welcome.
I can't really say anymore other than Dar el Mudal is highly recommended on many levels and a choice you will not regret.
I have been back a day and missing Morocco already. Hopefully we will be back soon!
We had the pleasure to spend six magical days at Gloria's fabulous Riad. From the pick-up at the airport over everyday pleasantries to checking out again, everything was organised like a charm.
The staff was very attentive and welcoming. We were very pleasantly surprised by the fact that the Riad was equal parts a fairy tale come true, as well as an inspiring Art Gallery stimulating our minds and senses. The interior design looks as if it's straight out of AD - both humble and exquisite at the same time, as was Gloria herself.
If we ever find ourselves in Marrakech again, it will certainly be at Gloria's retreat.
Best wishes and kindest regards,
Priscille and Steffen
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
My husband and I were lucky enough to have stayed in such an amazing riad for a week. Dar el Mudal offers you a unique travel experience, one I will surely never forget. The reason I booked this riad was to have a more authentic experience rather than stay at a boring resort.
They did not disappoint! One of this riads best features is its close proximity to pretty much everything. It is extremely close to the main street making it easy for us when we had our luggage. We were greeted by Abdullah on the main street, and he escorted us to the riad, making sure we didn’t get lost. The outside door is beautiful and stands out from the other riads, making it easy to spot and pleasant to look at. We were greeted by the ever so gracious Gloria, she owns this riad, and we were checked in. We were shown to our room and brought some mint tea and cookies! One of our favorite parts of staying here was the immensely wonderful service, the staff was amongst the most attentive and kind we’ve encountered in our many travels.
The breakfast was amazing each day;We also had dinner with a bottle of wine which was by far the best meal we had on our entire trip! Highly recommend having dinner there at least once. The general atmosphere of the home is something truly unique. There are hundreds of art pieces throughout the home, most of which were painted by Gloria’s late husband. It truly felt like walking into a museum; I feel as though I took more pictures inside Gloria’s wonderful home than outside while exploring. I was fortunate enough to have many great conversations with Gloria which just added to our stay there; she gave us recommendations on which attractions we should see and told us some lovely stories from her life. Truly a great woman to sit and have a conversation with, she is highly respected among the community.
She was also able to help us set up a tour to the Atlas mountains for the day. The rates for the tour were on par with what I had seen online, so I felt comfortable booking it through them. The tour itself was lovely, and I felt our guide took us to the less touristy spots which I found to be quite nice. The Atlas mountain tour was a very memorable experience, and I would recommend it. The riad itself is kept extremely clean by the staff. One of the most important things for me is hot water, and this riad never ran out of it! I took a long hot shower every day! We loved every aspect of Gloria’s home! My husbands favorite part of our stay was getting to play with Gloria's adorable cats, they were cute and playful and added to the experience. I am truly happy we chose this as our riad! Another thing worth mentioning is that we felt very safe leaving our belongings here, it felt like home.
Pictures don’t do it justice.